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knife-edge

1. noun A stressful situation or mindset. I am on a knife-edge right now, waiting to hear if my contract has been extended—if not, I'll need to find a new job. Our grandmother is very ill, so we are all on a knife-edge these days.
2. adjective Very crisply and neatly folded. Typically said of the pleats of a garment or textile. When you fold that tablecloth, I need to see knife-edge pleats in it! That dry-cleaner does a great job getting a knife-edge crease in my pants.
3. adjective Sharp, narrow, and hard to traverse. Typically said of topographic features, like mountains. That knife-edge mountain pass has 1,000-foot drops on either side.
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Knife Edge would comfortably have reversed the form if Rathgar Beau had stood up that day and you could argue he would have finished a lot closer at Cork had amateur Dennis Cullen been able to claim his 3lb allowance.
Note that had the transmission path passed 40 m above the knife edge rather than 40 m below it, the knife-edge loss would have been 2 dB.
Moscow Express beat Knife Edge over this distance a couple of seasons ago but at the age of 11 he is better suited by a longer trip these days.
Back at the course where he had recorded his most impressive win over hurdles, Knife Edge was always out-jumping his main market rival Moscow Express who kept on under pressure from champion jockey Ruby Walsh to finish second beaten three lengths.
Trained by Michael O'Brien, Knife Edge has won both his chase starts in fine style and is currently the leading Arkle contender from the Emerald Isle.
It's handy and comfortable to have along in a hunting situation, especially if your knife edge gets damaged and you need to bring it back to life.
He is absolutely right that the economy is on a knife edge and it's the Government that's put it there," Mr Maude said.
Knife Edge wins on his Ascot bow last |month, ridden by Marc Monaghan
Brand new play, Knife Edge, will be performed at the Square Chapel theatre in Halifax on Friday, May 14.
THIS winner takes all clash is on a knife edge with both sides on the same points and having an identical goal difference.
WITH four games left Blues are on a knife edge but no blame should be attached to Alex McLeish - as Steve Bruce says it is 95 per cent his team.
KNIFE EDGE, who landed the Horse & Hound Cup when winning the Pertemps Hunter Chase at Stratford in May, is being primed for more action from Jonjo O'Neill's stable.
KNIFE EDGE can show too much speed for Colonel Braxton in the Normans Grove Chase at Fairyhouse today.
Knife Edge looks the leading player and if he makes it four in a row he will book his ticket for the Queen Mother Champion Chase.
The heart of the balance is a pulley wheel of roughly 30 cm radius, supported by a knife edge pivot at its geometric center.